We stayed at the Alicia in the first 2 weeks of July, our party consisting of a couple in their 50s, a couple in their 30s and a 2 year old. This was our first visit to Cala Bona.
Overall we were all very impressed with the Alicia. Many of our recent holidays have been at Thomson Gold Hotels and we all felt that this hotel compared very well against these.
Reception staff were always very friendly, helpful and efficient. We had 2 rooms on the 5th floor and found them to be comfortable with plenty of space. The views overlooking the sea were lovely. The electronic safety deposit box was a very good size and seemed to be very, very secure. We hired a fridge which was provided in the room quickly. We all found the beds very comfortable. The shower was one of the best we’ve had on holiday, powerful with water as hot as anyone could want, at any time. The only fault we could find with the room was the air conditioning which we found didn’t work very well and the room was very hot during the night.
The restaurant was very efficiently run at both breakfast and dinner. We ate outside in the morning and inside the restaurant in the evening. There was plenty of choice and the food was always hot. There was rarely any wait for food to be topped up and empty plates were cleared quickly. Breakfasts compared well to any other hotel we’ve stayed at. Restaurant staff were friendly and efficient. When you book in to the hotel you are given a reservation for the A La Carte restaurant (which can be changed if required). We all thoroughly enjoyed our meal there and would recommend it.
In line with the rest of the staff, the bar staff were also friendly and efficient. Drink prices were good – for example a pint of Estrella cost 2 Euros 70 cents. We watched the evening entertainment one night and watched bits on other nights but it seemed pretty good. The guy who did 50s, 60s and 70s was excellent.
The hotel was cleaned immaculately, as were the rooms. One thing we really liked about the hotel was the bright airy corridors – one side is all windows overlooking the pool area.
The pool area was really nice with grassed areas and plenty of sunbeds. The pool area opens at 7am and in the first few days of our holiday beds around the pool went very quickly. The early rush for sunbeds seemed to lessen as time went on.
The nearest beach to the hotel is OK but the sand is a little bit shingly and the sea has some stones and rocks in it – although not so many to be a real problem. We much preferred the beach at nearby Cala Millor – just a 10 minute walk along the lovely promenade. The sand there is lovely and the sea stone/rock free. The sea is shallow for quite a distance. Sunbeds and sunshades are 4 Euro each (12 Euro for 2 beds and a shade).
We really liked the resort of Cala Bona. It had a nice friendly feel and had a great variety of bars and restaurants. One of our favourite bars to sit and relax in was the Blue Bay, which is next to the Hotel Atolon. The staff there are really friendly and welcoming and it’s a great place to sit and people-watch. We often used to have our last drink or two at the King’s Bar, which is directly opposite the hotel. It’s very popular with locals but tourists are made very welcome. There is a good variety of restaurants within walking distance. A place we particularly enjoyed was L’Olivias, near the port at the Cala Bona hotel, where we had the tapas platter and really enjoyed it. Food and drink in the resort are both very reasonably priced. There are a number of bars with seating areas next to the sea and even in these you can expect to pay between 1 Euro 70 and 2 Euros for a pint. For daytime snacks we particularly enjoyed Stanley’s.
Cala Millor is a busier resort for those who prefer their night life to be a bit livelier. The next resort of Sa Coma is very nice, with a gorgeous beach and is only a short bus ride away. One of our party enjoys running and ran to Sa Coma but it took about an hour there and back. Another enjoyable run was to the nearby village of Son Servera, which is really nice and the unfinished (but working) church is a sight to see. There is a bus service to Son Servera too.
The local bus service stops very close to the hotel. Buses heading away from Cala Millor stop right outside the hotel. For buses to Cala Millor or Sa Coma turn right out of the hotel, carry on past the roundabout and the stop is on the opposite side of the road. The local sightseeing land train also stops here heading away from Cala Millor. To get this to Cala Millor or Sa Coma turn right out of the hotel, go the few yards to the Spar and then cross the road – the stop is on the dual carriageway parallel to the beach.
As mentioned above the nearest Spar is very handy (turn right out of the hotel). We preferred another Spar – turn left out of the hotel and carry on this road until you reach a bar and the Spar. This shop is run by a friendly couple (he is Spanish, she is -English). Prices here are very good (175 cents for an 8 litre bottle of water).
All in all we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cala Bona and the Protur Alicia and will definitely be back. We all now consider it to be one of our favourites.
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- Protur Alicia Cala Bona
- Hotel Alicia Cala Bona
- Hotel Alicia
- Protur Alicia Hotel Cala Bona, Majorca
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